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Miller & Lux, San Francisco | 52nd International Design Competition Winner

(Photography by: Douglas Friedman, New York, NY)

Miller & Lux

Category: Fine Dining

Submitted by: MBH Architects

Photography: Douglas Friedman, New York, NY

🏆 This project received an Innovation Award for Finishes & Materiality

Miller & Lux is an upscale steakhouse located at Thrive City, a complex surrounding the Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Named after two butchers, Henry Miller and Charles Lux, the new restaurant resides on the land that was home to the largest meatpacking district on the West Coast. Award-winning multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm was tapped to serve as Executive Architect for this F&B project, with the task of implementing the overall restaurant design concept from the interior designer and celebrity chef and operator Tyler Florence.

 (Photography by: Douglas Friedman, New York, NY)

Inspired by legendary Hollywood restaurant Chasen’s, the team created a space reflecting mid-century modern glamour and the upscale restaurants Chef Tyler Florence would frequent growing up. Spread across two floors, the 7,000-square-foot waterfront restaurant provides guests with the ceremonial experience of visiting a steakhouse: selecting the cut from a tray brought out by servers, watching food carts move about on the dining floor, and selecting a dessert off of a cart to round out the meal. On the first floor, guests can enjoy drinks while sitting at the counter and full bar. Above, the main dining room and kitchen with old-school broilers are located on the second level. Both floors boast unobstructed views of San Francisco Bay, connected by an elaborate wrought iron central stair that provides a seamless flow in the restaurant.

Miller & Lux's interior is framed with brass millwork and dark marble finishes featuring a caramel and gold color palette to create a feeling of elegance. Inside, guests will find plush, circular booths, custom-cut dining tables, and lighting that gives off a golden glow to set the tone of the space. The sophisticated, 147-seat upscale dining destination also offers a private dining room for intimate occasions, table-side service with food carts, and an outdoor patio for al fresco dining.

Architect: MBH Architects

General Contractor: Build Group

Outside Design Consultants:

Structural: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

MEP Engineers: Acies Engineers

Food Service Equipment and Kitchen Design: TriMark


Artwork: Ken Fulk Design

Millwork/Fixture Contractor: Architectural Woodwork of Montana


In addition to Miller & Lux, the Retail Design Institute would like to congratulate the Class of 2022, representing the best of the best in retail stores and experiences completed between January 1st and December 31st, 2022:

American Outpost


LOVE and Bergmeyer

2022 Store of the Year

Innovation Awards: Branding & Technology and Digital Integration

Sage & Sound

New York


El Palacio de Hierro Coyoacán


TPG Architecture

High Street Place



Miller & Lux

San Francisco

MBH Architects

Innovation Award: Finishes & Materiality


San Marcos

Arcadis Inc.

Innovation Award: Wayfinding & Environmental Graphics

Bentonville Nature Near Pavilion

Virtual, Bentonville

NELSON Worldwide

Innovation Awards: Unbuilt Conceptual Design

Victoria's Secret Bombshell Gardens

New York

MG2/Lionesque Group

Central Park

North York

II BY IV Design



Dalziel & Pow Design Consultants

Innovation Award: Fixturing

Clyde & Grain



Innovation Award: Wayfinding & Environmental Graphics

Greenwich St. Jewelers

New York

MAOarch Architecture D.P.C.

Innovation Award: Customer Journey

Johnny Cupcakes



Innovation Awards: Visual Merchandising and Conceptual Design


New York

Heitler Houstoun Architects, PC

Innovation Award: Lighting


New York



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